By Joe McGluwa (MPL), DA NW Leader:
The DA in the North West Province is concerned about allegations that Premier Supra Mahumapelo tried to interfere with the investigation of a sex crime charge against the ANC Western Cape Leader, Marius Fransman.
Premier Mahumapelo’s spokesperson has confirmed that the Premier enquired about the investigation and that “he was satisfied with the information received and the law should take its course”. The Premier has no mandate or legal standing to “satisfy himself” about criminal charges against senior members of his party.
Had Supra not been “satisfied” what would he then have done about the case?
The Premier must come clean on what he intended when contacting the Police Commissioner about the Fransman charges. His conduct sails very close to the wind of political interference in police work.
Therefore, today I will write to North West Speaker Susan Dantjie submitting urgent written questions on what Premier Supra and the Provincial Commissioner spoke about, what they agreed to, whether there was an agenda for the telephonic meeting and to request access to the minutes of the meeting.
If the Premier was “satisfied”, he clearly was given details of the case and the criminal charges against Fransman, and this must have been minuted for the meeting to have been above board.
Marius Fransman’s continued occupation of high office in the ANC is undermining the fight against sexual and domestic abuse in South Africa.
The DA Western Cape Leader Patricia de Lille has called for Fransman to be immediately suspended by the ANC, and I join her in this call.
We also call upon the SAPS to boldly investigate this case, not to allow politicians to interfere and to see justice done.